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NPM 650 Introduction to Nonprofit Management

This course introduces students to nonprofit management beginning with the history of philanthropy and the emergence of the nonprofit sector. Classical organizational theory and principles as well as current management and supervision practices are applied to the structure, resources and mission of the nonprofit organization. Special attention is focused on strategic planning.
Prerequisite of MPA 501,502 & MPA 503
On Occasion, 3 credits

NPM 651 Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations

The course provides an overview of sources of funding for nonprofit organizations. It explains the fundraising manager’s role in development planning and focuses on mechanisms for raising money, including donor profiles, foundation and corporate philanthropy, government grant and contract programs, special events, marketing and public relations functions, direct mail and membership campaigns, planned giving, major gifts and capital campaigns. Ethical and legal issues related to fundraising are also addressed.
Prerequisite of MPA 501, 502 & MPA 503
On Occasion, 3 credits

NPM 652 Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations

The course examines methods of recruiting, developing, supervising, motivating and recognizing volunteers and staff, maximizing staff-volunteer relations, and communicating the mission effectively within the organization. HRM topics such as legal employment issues, recruiting and hiring practices, diversity in the workplace, compensation and benefits, performance appraisal, grievance mechanisms and discipline are also explored.
On Occasion, 3 credits

NPM 653 Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations

This course addresses financial management concepts and techniques required for effective management of nonprofit organizations. Topics include nonprofit accounting, budget management, revenue forecasting, financial statements/reports, tax issues, grant compliance, internal expenditure control, audits, cash flow management, long-term planning, endowment management, and capital financing.
Prerequisite of NPM 650
On Occasion, 3 credits

NPM 654 Legal, Ethical and Governance Issues in Nonprofit Organizations

This course examines the laws affecting the establishment and operation of nonprofit organizations, including incorporation and tax-exempt status, general liability, regulatory compliance/reporting, and contracts. The course explores the roles, responsibilities, processes and powers of boards of directors including issues of board liability. The nonprofit agency’s advocacy responsibilities and opportunities and ethical issues are examined and discussed.
Prerequisite of NPM 650
On Occasion, 3 credits

MPA 701 Managerial Communications

In this course, theory and practice in written and oral communication as applied to the public, health and nonprofit sectors are examined. Report writing, memo writing, correspondence and oral presentations are included.
Prerequisites of MPA 501& 502
On Occasion, 3 credits

MPA 708 Work, People & Productivity

This course focuses on learning and practicing practical management and supervisory techniques for improving individual, group and organizational performance. Students learn the principles of behavioral management which they apply in a project at their own work place. They learn and practice giving effective positive and corrective feedback, and to manage inter-group and interpersonal conflict. Students learn to analyze their own work style, and the styles of others, and discuss how to allocate tasks based upon that knowledge. They learn how to conduct effective meetings, and how to lead workgroups through a problem-solving process.

MPA 713 Grant Writing and Administration

In this highly experiential course, students locate available federal, state, local and foundation sources of funding for a specific project, write a letter proposal to a foundation or private sector organization, and follow-up with a full grant proposal, following the request for proposal (RFP) guidelines to a federal, state or local agency. Topics addressed include effective research, creating a plan for the program, elements of a good proposal, components of the proposal package and strategies for getting a proposal read by a foundation or corporation officer. Administration, evaluation and reporting functions, as well as accountability are described and discussed.
Prerequisites of MPA 501& 502
On Occasion, 3 credits

MPA 721 Program Evaluation

This course prepares students with the theory, knowledge and skills to implement program evaluation and quality improvement (e.g., Total Quality Management) strategies and measurements. The focus of the course is on applications in Health Care Human Services and Public Sector Organizations.
Prerequisites of MPA 504 and 505
On Occasion, 3 credits